A week after VIBE magazine shut down officially, XXL magazine is set to follow.
The hip-hop magazine has been around for 17 years. It made sure that fans received all the news on rap music the old fashioned way, before the internet/blogosphere took over. With technology taking over this generation’s attention, young readers find online publications more attractive than the print ones. Therefore, XXL was bought out by Townsquare Media.
The October/November edition of XXL, currently at the printers, will be the final edition of the magazine. Ben Harris, the president of Harris Publications, which began publishing XXL in 1997, said, “We incubated something digitally, but the Townsquare people can take it to the next level with their digital expertise.”
Although most buy-outs lead to layoffs, Bill Wilson, the chief content officer of Townsquare says that “11 XXL editorial and digital ad sales team employees will be offered jobs.”
Wilson also added that it is possible that the publication will return to print for rare, special issues. “We think XXL has strong potential in both the digital and live events market,” he added.
Is there a possibility that all media will eventually discontinue printed publications? With XXL being around for so many years, is it fair to the audience to just discontinue the magazine? What’s your opinion?
Is it true? Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey are getting a divorce?!
It sounds like it! As most of you may know, there has been problems in the Cannon-Carey household; but who can be the cause? None other than Mrs. Kim Kardashian-West herself.
As Nick confirmed that Mariah and he are living apart, the rumors about a forthcoming divorce began. Along with this, a source came forward and claimed that Nick’s ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian is somehow in the center of the messy situation.
According to Dish Nashion, Nick cannon recently reached out to Kim to inform her that she may be receiving a call from Mariah to confront her.
“Mariah will never admit it, but she is jealous of Kim because Nick has always raved that she was his best lover and she had the best body of any woman he’s ever been with,” stated an anonymous source.
It looks like Mariah has decided to pull the plug on their six year marriage.
What do you think about this stick marriage situation? Is it fair for Kim to receive the blame or should Mariah just leave him and leave her alone?
On Tuesday Janay Rice, wife of the suspended NFL player Ray Rice, bashed the media about the elevator tape that was recently released by TMZ. In her response, she stood by her husband’s side.
A day after the Baltimore Ravens fired Ray Rice and the league suspended him for knocking his wife out during a fight, Janay responded by saying that the situation was a nightmare.
“To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing,” Janay wrote on an Instagram post. “To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass off for all his life just to gain ratings is a horrific."
Rice was weeks away from returning to the gridiron when the elevator tape was released. The video shows him punching his then-fiancée and dragging her limp body out of an Atlantic City casino elevator.
On Tuesday, his wife said she feels like she is mourning the death of her closest friend.
“No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family,” she said. “If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is!”
Janay then proceeded to defend her husband on ESPN later that night.
“I love my husband. I support him. I want people to respect our privacy in this family matter,” Janay said, according to the network.
Ray then proceeded to apologize to his fans, the owner of the Ravens and everyone who was affected by the situation. Yet with this opportunity he did not apologize to his wife.
Janay also blamed herself along with the media.
What is your opinion on this? Does Ray deserve another opportunity or not?
As the summer has passed, we have heard continuous rumors about Beyoncé and Jay Z getting a divorce. Fans became surprised when they began their On The Run tour, but following the beginning of the tour; happened the famous elevator incident. Making fans believe the rumors even more.
But according to Radar Online, Mathew Knowles (Beyoncé’s father) says that it was all a staged trick. Although he and Beyoncé haven’t had the best relationship for the last few years, he claims that things are fine between them and that he still speaks with his daughter.
“We still talk every Sunday. She’s still the humble, generous person that she’s always been,” said Knowles. Although they currently have a good relationship, things may begin to get rocky again when she hears what he had to say about their elevator incident.
Mathew then added that Beyoncé and Jay used that drama to get people engaged in the On The Run tour. “I know because we have done this. From experience, there’s a tour going on. So sometimes you have to ignite that tour. It’s called a Jedi Mind trick. The Jedi mind trick fools you a lot,” he stated.
He also added that the elevator video helped ticket sales go up. Knowles also mentioned that the incident helped Solange’s album sales go up 200%!
So there you have it guys -although it may not be a surprise to many after watching the VMA’s. What do you think about this?
Two nights before the VMA’s Chris Brown hosted a pre-party in Los Angeles, gunshots were fired inside the celebrity-filled Sunset Strip Party.
A total of three people were injured, two men and a woman. Including former rapper, Marion “Suge” Knight –who was shot six times.
Chris Brown then posted a tweet after the incident saying, “It’s disappointing that we as a society can’t have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes. Miss me with the bulls**t!!”
This wasn’t Knight’s first time being shot at a pre-VMA party. In 2005 the former rapper was shot in the leg at a party hosted by Kanye West in Miami.
At first, it was thought that Chris Brown was the target, but at investigators reviewed footage they say that it is clear that Suge Knight was the intended target.
Chris Brown –who is still on probation for his 2009 assult on ex-girlfriend Rihanna- still hasn’t spoken to the LAPD.
Do you think they were purposely aiming at Suge Knight? Or could it have just been a coincidence? What’s your opinion?
It's disappointing that we as a society can't have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes. Miss me with the bullshit!!!— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) August 24, 2014
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